Daily Archives: January 5, 2010

CTBUH Tall Building Database

### http://www.ctbuh.org
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Tall Building Database contains information on 10,000+ buildings – including height information, number of floors, function, structural material, location, professions involved, building images etc. This information is free for download and searchable by a number of parameters, including year, location, type etc. Users can create their own lists, which can be captured in pdf format, or transferred via graphs and other outputs.
CTBUH (see links for Tall Building Resources and Articles)

Click here to access the main database directly.

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San Francisco plans new public transit hub

Ambitious in USA, of all recession-prone places. But really, you got to tell us if building towers is sustainable development, increases density, but…

### http://www.nytimes.com January 2, 2010
Ambitious Downtown Transit Project Is at Hand
By Brad Stone
In 2010, San Francisco will finally bring out the wrecking balls and cement mixers and embark on a grand overhaul of its downtown. The project could eventually result in a half-dozen new skyscrapers, including a 1,200-foot tower whose gracefully tapered top would add a defining element to the iconography of the upwardly mobile skyline.
Planners say the Transbay Transit Center, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015, will serve 45 million passengers a year. The existing transportation terminal will be demolished and replaced with the sparkling new transit centre.
Much of this grand transformation, which would leave the 853-foot Transamerica pyramid as the second-tallest structure in the city, is still in the conceptual stages. The ambitious plan for a new urban neighbourhood could be scaled back. But the centrepiece of the project — a $4.2 billion public transit hub — has enough financing to begin construction, and the first dirt could be turned as early as March.
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Another tiny picture or two

### ODT Online
Artwork at the stadium
Home » News » Dunedin
By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 5 Jan 2010
Turning the fence around the Forsyth Barr Stadium building site in Dunedin into a piece of art has been a real success story, the project organiser says.
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Or visit Forsyth Barr Stadium facebook page http://bit.ly/4Tqeay

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DCC’s grim picture for ratepayers

### ODT Online Tue, 5 Jan 2010
City debt spiralling to $360m
By David Loughrey
At some point in the next financial year, the Dunedin City Council’s total debt will reach its forecast peak of $360 million. In the past 10 years, the figure has increased more than 10-fold: in 1999, the city owed a mere $32.5 million.

“Nobody questions debt when it’s their pet project.”
-Cr Richard Walls, Chairman, Finance and Strategy Committee

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We know what you mean, Richard, if you’re talking about, say, spending on infrastructure such as water and waste treatment; or refurbishment of the Dunedin Centre – BUT NOT THE STADIUM, MATE.

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ORC’s bus stop chaos – mediated

There’s the large matter, in Dunedin, that Otago Regional Council can’t afford to provide new bus shelters. Actually, it seems totally unable to provide timetables at bus stops so why are we surprised.

The twentyfirst century hasn’t arrived at ORC, or the bus stops – other New Zealand cities have digital read-outs at their stops to tell you how many minutes away the next bus is.

Ah, but this is the Deep South of presbyterian economy – no flashy gadgets here for punters, no seats, no shelters, “no change – get off” if you flash the bus driver a ten or twenty dollar note to pay your fare.

To soften this misery, to raise hope of salvation one day, here’s a collection of bus stop advertisements to inspire! The bus shelter designs aren’t bad either.

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Thanks to Paul’s (five15design) twitter feed, a mediation:

### http://www.designussion.com January 2, 2010
Inspiration, Showcases by Designussion
30+ Creative Bus Stop Advertisements
Modern advertising developed with the rise of mass production in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and since then we have not looked back. Everywhere we look today there is some form of advertising trying to persuade its viewers, readers or listeners to take some action. Due to the huge increase in advertising, companies have been forced to produce creative and unique advertising which takes a twist on original advertising to beat their competition.
Designussion Link + Images/Youtube videos

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In brief, something about ‘quality of design’ and city regeneration…

### http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk 4 January, 2010
Design team sought for new Stoke bus station
By James Pallister
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a search for a design team to build a new city centre bus station.
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GPS-enabled world architecture guide

### theswishlife.com 4 January 2010
Architecture Guide for iPhone
Who wouldn’t want to have the world’s best architectural masterpieces in the convenience of their pocket? And let’s make it even better by adding on GPS capabilities. Are you sold?
We are with the Architecture Guide for iPhone and iPod Touch.
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